The eLearning industry was expanding rapidly, even before covid-19. But the temporary closure of most companies and educational institutions across the world has led to an exponential growth of more organizations and schools engaging in virtual learning experiences for staff and students, respectively.
With technology now appearing to be omnipresent in our lives, the eLearning business must also shift to newer technologies as the world is changing rapidly. These trends will make studying better as it will mix with the everyday lives of people.
Let’s examine common eLearning trends that are popular today and beyond. In Malaysia and some parts of the world, some international and private secondary schools are already adopting these trends.
eLearning acts as an instructional model that allows versatility and customization. Learners can choose the time they want to study and the pace at which they want to go. Students are also free to revise anytime they choose since study materials are always available online.
Adaptive learning takes things a step forward by encouraging learning and content testing to be more customized. These systems are capable of adapting to the speed and needs of any student. Data points, such as time taken, the ease with the course, etc. are obtained. Each learner can get access to modified courses this way.
Every day, information from several outlets bombard individuals, making it difficult for learners to identify and learn the right way. People learn better when they engage with others and express their thoughts. They come across multiple perspectives through discussion, and this helps increase knowledge.
The technique of social learning allows students to interact with individuals around the globe. The variety of thoughts and backgrounds enriches students; experience makes them more informed. Learning and acquiring knowledge in this system comes from discussions, sharing of ideas, and debates. Social learning does not rely entirely on the absorption of information from one source (the tutor only).
Micro-learning is a trend that goes beyond eLearning. It has to do with the breaking down of educational materials into multiple modules. It decreases the duration of lectures students get in one class. The modules may take various forms: textual readings, video lectures, gamified tests, etc. By eliminating monotony, the versatility of formats increases retention.
People have shorter periods of concentration today and are pressed for time. Smaller bits of knowledge shared by learners can be best understood and take less effort and time. Beyond eLearning, micro-learning as a learning technique is now being introduced and finds its way into classrooms and training programs for company staff.
Another approach that is gaining interest in eLearning is gamification or game-based learning. This technique incorporates the enjoyable aspect of games with learning and is a common alternative for skills training. With this method, retention is stronger as ideas are surprisingly put forward as students try to win in a game. This approach is experimental too.
Since it’s just a game, errors have no drastic results, and tests are low risk. The games introduce learners to multiple scenarios they may find in real life or academic studies, and the software registers the answers. The game continues based on the actions taken, and the result decides success or loss.
Mobile learning has a promising future in education, with smartphones being the gadget most used by people across the world. Many LMS and online learning programs have joined eLearning by creating applications that allow users to access educational materials on their platforms. Users can have easy access to web content through their phones when they log in.
For learning schedules and notifications, users may also synchronize their calendars to the apps. SMS broadcasts, caller tunes, and handheld radios are also used to educate people without access to an internet-enabled phone.
Today’s world is filled with constant disruptions across different industries. Trends are also shifting in the eLearning industry, with private and international schools already adopting these trends. With eLearning becomes more and more popular, the world is entering a new age of learning that promises more fun and higher effectiveness.